Turns out not all gamers are soulless gear-grinding beasts. The folks from A Casual Stroll to Mordor, a Lord of the Rings Online blogging group, are organizing an interesting walkathon of sorts: following in the footsteps of Frodo and company from the Shire all the way to Rivendell. The more money they raise, the further along that path they will walk - $5,000 is all it will take to get them knocking on Elrond's front door.
From the official press release:
Today the blog and podcast team at A Casual Stroll to Mordor(CSTM) announced that on September 23rd they will embark on an online journey to raise funds for ChildÂs Play Charity.
The fellowship of writers will depart from Bag End, and following FrodoÂs steps, will walk through Middle-Earth in the game The Lord of the Rings OnlineÂ (LOTRO) by Turbine.
Every donation made to ChildÂs Play through this event will enable the fellowship to move a bit further along the road. The team's goal is to reach $5,000 in donations and to bring the group to Rivendell.
Supported mainly by the gaming community, ChildÂs PlayÂs mission is to give out games and toys to sick children in hospitals. Since 2003, more than 5 million dollars worth of material has been given to childrenÂs hospital playrooms.
"Child's Play was the perfect choice of charity for the CSTM team. It combines two loves we have; children and video games.", says Jamie aka Goldenstar, co-founder CSTM, "Our own child had to spend several weeks in intensive care and we understand the importance in keeping children's spirits up."
"As a child, I suffered 3rd degree burns to the upper area of one of my arms which eventually required hospitilization to repair the damage. I cannot express how much having video games, movies, and toys there at the hospital meant to me." - Dodge, aka Merric, co-founder of CSTM.
The FellowshipÂs Walk will begin on Septermber 23rd and will be going on through October 24th.
The journey begins at Bag-End, and makes stops in Hobbiton, Crickhollow, Tom Bombadil's house, the Great Spire in the Barrow-downs, the Prancing Pony, Weathertop, the Last Brige, the grove of Bert, Tom and Bill the trolls, and the Bruinen Ford, with the Last Homely House as the desired destination. Check the Casual Stroll to Mordor website for details on how you can help this noble and worthy cause.